With around 167,000 workers directly employed in the high-risk forestry industry, it’s little wonder that forestry accidents are fairly commonplace.
That’s why a special sector-wide awareness event is being staged in Staffordshire next month.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has joined forces with the Forestry Commission’s Learning and Development team to host a free Safety and Health Awareness Day.
It is aimed at raising understanding of key forestry-specific health and safety matters.
Everyone involved in forest work, including managers, site supervisors and labourers, is invited to the Cannock Chase event on March 18.
Forestry accident awareness
Events, scenarios, demonstrations and talks will be staged based on situations that have previously resulted in serious accidents and possible forestry accident claims.
Trainers with years of forestry know-how will cover subjects relating to the use of forestry machinery and forestry chainsaw work, directional felling such as use of hydraulic wedges and bottle jacks, hand-arm and whole body vibration, and public access issues.
HSE workers will be on hand to offer general health and safety advice.
Organisers hope that “refusing to accept dangerous ways of working will help to improve the industry’s record and ensure that more people get through their working days without injury”.
Forestry is one of Britain’s riskiest professions with 38 people killed while undertaking tree work during the past decade.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now
If you have been injured in your job in the forestry industry, you might be entitled to make a forestry accident claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has a 24/7 free legal advice helpline on 0800 689 0500 and a helpful website including an informative blog page.